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4 killed on rapids ride in Australia after boat flips

Posted: 10/25/16 at 9:14:59 AM
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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/25/four-killed-in-accident-on-river-rapids-ride-at-popular-australia-theme-park.html

Strange, tragic accident. A boat overturned on the rapids ride, throwing 2 from the boat, while 2 others were caught in it, all 4 in their 30's or 40's. The video looks like it overturned as it was starting to enter the loading conveyor belts, with the boat actually in a vertical position. Not sure if that's where it actually overturned, or if it ended up that way after flipping earlier.

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Re: 4 killed on rapids ride in Australia after boat flips by NotSo NotSo Profile at 10/25/16 1:23:15 PM
I can't remember for sure, but I swear the same thing happened at a dif park several years ago with the raft flipping over.

And then of course, CP's Shoot The Rapids flipped back and trapped people under the boat and water. Seems like these type of accidents have been kind of frequent, no? Makes going on the raft ones a little nerve racking, you never know..

Re: 4 killed on rapids ride in Australia after boat flips by frontrow frontrow Profile at 10/25/16 2:21:11 PM
Same thing happened at Kennywood's Raging Rapids in the early 90's. I actually knew 2 of the people that were on the raft that overturned. Fortunately, no one was killed or seriously injured during the incident at Kennywood. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the 4 people that were killed in this new incident.
Re: 4 killed on rapids ride in Australia after boat flips by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 10/25/16 3:15:28 PM
Reading the updates, the accident happened at the end of the ride, not during any of the actual rapids or water portion. Somehow the boat got caught on the side of the conveyor belt that brings it into the station, throwing the 2 people out on top of the belt and pulling the side of the boat down under where it should catch the belt and pulling the other 2 people down there. Almost like the belt was going in reverse and causing it to get caught and flip violently into a sidways/ vertical position.
Re: 4 killed on rapids ride in Australia after boat flips by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 10/28/16 2:39:43 PM
Here is a accident with a similar ride, but not the same boat size, design or manufacturer.

http://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/news/archives/march99/stories/19990323_08.shtml

http://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/news/archives/april99/stories/19990422_01.shtml

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